Veg Chow Mein is dish made from stir fried noodles and mixed vegetables which is then flavored with Chinese sauces. The word “Chow’ means stir-fried or sautéed and ‘mein’ means noodles.
This spicy version of Veg Chow Mein noodles which is originally a Chinese food is very popular in India, Nepal and many south east Asian countries.
Veg chowmien is quite popular as a street food and children love this dish due to its tangy, smoky flavor and crunchy texture which makes it scrumptiously delicious in taste.
Veg Chow Mein not only tastes great but the use of fresh vegetables also add to its nutrition value. Thus it is a fulsome dish for a healthy dinner as well. To make it healthier you can opt for whole grain noodles and increase the amount of vegetables used.
This is a quick & easy to make dish that can be enjoyed alone as a snack or as a complete meal along with another Indo-Chinese side dishes like :
To make Veg Chow Mein at home follow the detailed step by step recipe with photos posted below.
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Nutrition (per serving)
Ingredients For Veg Chow Mein Recipe
- 200gm Hakka or Chow Mein Noodles
- 1 Medium Sized Onion
- 1 Carrot
- 1 Cup Shredded Cabbage
- 1 Cup Sliced Colored Bell Peppers
- 3-4 Cloves of Garlic
- 2 Tablespoons Soy Sauce
- 1 Tablespoon Green Chilli Sauce
- 1/2 Tablespoon Tomato Ketchup
- 1/2 Teaspoon Sugar
- 1 Teaspoon Black Pepper Powder
- 1 Teaspoon Salt or to taste
- 2 Tablespoons Cooking Oil
Step By Step Instructions With Photos for Veg Chow Mein Recipe
Bring 5-6 cups of water to a boil in a large pot. Add chow mein noodles to the boiling water along with a teaspoon of salt and a few drops of oil. Boil as per packet instructions or for 3-4 minutes until almost cooked. Then drain the hot water and transfer the noodles to a bowl of cold water. Drain and set aside until ready to use.
In the meantime, prepare all the vegetables. Coarsely chop the garlic. Thinly slice the onions, carrots, cabbage and colored bell peppers. The cooking time of vegetables for making chowmein is very less, so you need to keep everything ready before you start cooking.
Heat some oil in a wok or large deep pan. When the oil is hot, add garlic and stir for a couple of seconds. It shouldn't turn brown, otherwise it may lead to slightly bitter taste.
Immediately add the sliced onions and cook for 1-2 minutes until the onions start browning very slightly.
Then add the sliced carrots and cabbage. Sauté on high flame for a minute.
Add the colored bell peppers. When making chow mein, all the vegetables need to be cooked on high heat for a short period of time till they are cooked but still crunchy to the bite.
Now add some soy sauce, green chilli sauce, tomato ketchup, sugar, salt and black pepper powder to the wok. Stir to mix the sauce and spices with the vegetables. Chowmein generally has a slight twinge of sweetness, but if you don't like the sweet taste, you can skip adding sugar and tomato ketchup.
Add the boiled noodles to the wok. Mix with the help of 2 ladles or forks to coat them completely in the sauces.
Cook for a couple of minutes on high flame till the noodles are completely cooked.
Veg Chow Mein is ready. Serve it hot as a snack or along with any Indo-Chinese side dish.
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